Online Workshop Du Jour

The online workshop on how to make online teaching engaging was so fascinating that I didn’t even notice when it ended. At some point, the monotonous droning in my ear switched off but I’m not sure when.

The highlight of the workshop was when the presenter said, “of course you all know how to share your slides on PowerPoint” and then struggled with sharing his slides for full 10 minutes. And that was the fun part of the experience.

9 thoughts on “Online Workshop Du Jour”

  1. Since I may have to do some online teaching myself (zoom kind), do you have any good tips from this workshop or your own experience?

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  2. Also, there are several kinds of Wacom Intuos pen tablets which unable one to use them as a blackboard during zoom meetings. Have you ever used similar equipment?

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      1. // I’ve never in my life taught on Zoom, actually.

        It can be quite a good experience, if a teacher prepares videos, paintings, online quizzes students can take in real time. Zoom teaching doesn’t have to utterly suck.

        I’ve written in a word file in zoom lessons I taught OR wrote things on paper and scanned it before the lesson. However, writing formulas in a word file is very uncomfortable, so a tablet with a pen seems a much better choice.

        The problem is that cheaper versions of tablets don’t show you what you write. One can see it on one’s computer screen, but it’s not the same. And the versions of tablets showing what one writes on a tablet itself cost a lot – close to 485 dollars versus around 90 dollars for a cheaper version.

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        1. “The problem is that cheaper versions of tablets don’t show you what you write. One can see it on one’s computer screen, but it’s not the same. And the versions of tablets showing what one writes on a tablet itself cost a lot – close to 485 dollars versus around 90 dollars for a cheaper version.”

          This probably doesn’t help at all, but there is a reason behind this. Until very recently these tablets were geared specifically to digital artists, and the computer monitor is best for viewing their work — the tablet itself doesn’t need much in the way of memory, and no one needs to worry about screen size and resolution, because the monitor takes care of that.

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          1. // Until very recently these tablets were geared specifically to digital artists, and the computer monitor is best for viewing their work

            I am very surprised. After reading your comment, watched a YouTube video and saw a user drawing with a tablet. How can one draw and add lines to a portrait of a woman without seeing on the tablet the drawing? I am afraid of being unable to write math formulas in a normal fashion if I don’t see on the tablet too; those people are professional artists who draw without seeing.

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            1. They’re not drawing blind — they can see what they’re drawing on the monitor. My illustrator friend likens it to learning to use a mouse: you don’t look directly at the mouse when you move it, just as you don’t look directly at the pen. In fact, you can use the pen as a mouse, and a lot of people start with that, first, to get used to the pen. The best tablets are pressure-sensitive, which means they respond differently based on the pressure you use — you can make a lighter sketch line vs a darker line.

              It does take time to get used to, but it’s just like any other artistic medium. It takes time and patience and a lot of practice.

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  3. Meanwhile, in Israel I am sick of everyone right now: of Netanyahu’s games, of Blue & White contributing to new elections by the bill banning gay conversions they offered as a political revenge, of Haredi parties, of Yamina (‘going Right’) attacking our justice system. Everyone sucks. Truly. 😦

    Here is the info:

    // The chaos in Israel’s political system appears to be worsening, as growing disputes within the country’s already divided coalition threaten to plunge Israel into a fourth round of national elections since April 2019.

    Alonsgside the already shaky relationship between coalition leaders Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Likud and Defense Minister Benny Gantz of Blue & White, two recently proposed bills have served to throw the government into further disarray as it struggles to effectively combat the coronavirus pandemic.

    The first was a bill proposed by opposition Yamina MK Bezalel Smotrich to investigate alleged conflict of interests within the judiciary. It was a move designed to throw a grenade into the Likud-Blue & White political partnership, but was quickly rejected by the Knesset.

    The second and potentially more politically explosive was the bill jointly proposed by Meretz chair Nitzan Horowitz and rebel Labor MK Merav Michaeli to ban so-called conversion therapy for gay men, which passed its preliminary vote on Wednesday.

    Blue & White sources say that no decision has been made, and they are convinced that Netanyahu wants to drag Israel into another round of voting to suit his own personal interests and in contravention of the coalition agreement.

    Netanyahu is currently in the middle of corruption trial that will require his presence in court three times a week from January unless he can legislate a way out, for which he will need a more supportive Knesset.”

    https://www.ynetnews.com/article/rkwIB7Iev

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